"The Muses on the Hearth" by Mrs. F.G. Allinson was published in The Unpopular Review, Vol. II, No. 3, July-September, 1914. I think the author was actually Anne Crosby (Emery) Allinson, a classics professor and dean of the Women's College at Brown University, and wife of Francis Greenleaf Allinson (a biography of her can be found here: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/News_Bureau/Databases/Encyclopedia/search.php?serial=A0150). In this article, the author argues for the importance of women's university education even if they do not pursue careers outside of the home. As she says, "Many a home may be saved from shipwreck in the future because today girls are doing their duty in their Greek class rooms and Physics laboratories". The "Hearth" in the title is the home - the traditional domain of women - while the "Muses" are, I think, the inspiration and enlightenment that an educated woman brings to her family. Her argument is essentially the same as the one made for a liberal arts education generally: that no matter the profession you end up in, having a broad base of knowledge in the arts and sciences will benefit the both the student/professional and society as a whole by creating a reasoning, informed citizenry.
This is a Ralat Readings recording. The audio recording and the text being read in the audio recording are both in the public domain. The text was read by Brian Salmons on May 26th, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, USA.
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